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Wolves Manager Assessment Of The Game – Picture Shows Dubravka Was Fouled

Nuno Espírito Santo has done an excellent job for Wolves since signing for them at the end of May 2017.

Since then he has had them promoted from the Championship in first place and in their first season back they are in 7th place with 39 points.

In his 83 games in charge of Wolves, he has won 47 of them for a 56.6% winning rate, and for all the 272 games he has managed, his winning percentage is 50.4.

So he’s an outstanding manager who Rafa knows well.

That looks like a foul on goalkeeper Martin Dubravka

In his comments after the match after Wolves had equalized in the 95th minute, he was diplomatic and from the Wolves point of view gave a balanced summary of what happened in the game.

But when you are 1-0 ahead with seconds to go in stoppage time, you should be able to win the game, and the Magpies have lost points late in the game too many times this season.

This is what Nuno said after the game:

“It came late, but the performance deserved goals. We created situations but the final touch was not there. It is something we must improve and be more clinical,”

“Credit to Newcastle they were so organized. The last minute shows the character of the team.”

“After their goal, the game is more difficult; they stayed more compact, more aggressive, always with the danger of counter-attacks, so the game becomes delicate for us.”

“Credit to Newcastle, they were so organized, so compact and it became really hard and very intense.”

“It’s not about the point, the story of the game could have been different as the first half was totally controlled.”

“What I’m disappointed with is to concede; we must be compact and we allowed Newcastle too much time to decide the final pass.”

“The last minute showed the character of the team and belief of our fans here in Molineux, so I’m pleased for the late moment of joy.”

“Once again, it’s a last-minute goal that I think it puts some justice in the game, honestly.”

“We keep on going, the boys keep on going, they know until the final whistle is there, everybody fights.

“The first half we played good, very good against a good team in Newcastle. Second half we didn’t start so well and a mistake allowed the goal of Newcastle.”

“I didn’t see the images yet (of the Wolves goal).” “I don’t judge the work of the referees because it is so hard. The referees are so well prepared and must decide in a second,” Nuno added.

“We should have done better, but the effort in the last minute and the way they believed shows character. But we require a lot of improvement.”

“Referees are so well prepared and must decide in one second. The decision that he makes, before seeing the images, I’ll always support”

” I don’t judge because it’s so difficult, it’s so hard.”

“The job is the referee’s to judge and if he does not see something, it’s good.”

Benitez was not happy at the end of the game after the last second equalizer, and he talked to the referee immediately after the game.

Rafa thought it was a foul on the goalkeeper by goalscorer Willy Boly, although he also thought Dubravka should have just punched the ball away as a safety measure.

But we lost 2 points last night and there’s not much we can do about it now.

Other than that the players need to understand how on earth we allowed them to score so late in the game.

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7 comments so far

  • carltoon

    Feb 12, 2019 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #1

    Whey she he’s grounded he’s a North Shields lad.

  • beermonkey

    Feb 12, 2019 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #2


    we used to get more info on the kids do you go and see them, apart from kellend is there any others being mentored by Senior players

  • carltoon

    Feb 12, 2019 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #3

    That should be Whey eye he’s grounded. Hope he stays that way getting plenty praise from Gary Liniker. And other pundits.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Feb 12, 2019 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #4

    There’s more to the Dubs incident than just the challenge, Bolly managed to get through the whole 18 yard box without anyone blocking him off or challenging his run.

    It’s hard to call as a foul or not, the player on the move is always going to have the advantage and his momentum wasn’t enough to knock Dubs out the way, dubs shouldn’t be trying to catch the ball there.

    We did well to get in front, it was a disjointed performance from a few players, all 3 cbs had poor games, all guilty of giving it away and hanging on to the ball to long.

    About 90 secs before they equalised Rondon had the ball in the corner, passed to Miggy and Perez had a shot. Poor game management, they should have kept the ball down there and tried for a corner or throw in. Couldve wasted the whole 90secs if played right.

    I liked Haydons interview afterwards, not only did he say no one will blame dubs he went on to say everyone makes mistakes and said I got sent off, everyone makes mistakes, win lose or draw it’s together. Nice words from the lad.

    It was a kick in the balls how they got their goal but on reflection with the amount of mistakes our cbs made I’m happy we got a point, a off day for a few, move on to the next match.

  • Geordie-john

    Feb 12, 2019 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #5

    This is to all the so called supporters that are slating Dubravka, Look at the photo above !!
    Look at the slow motion available on the internet. Never mind what that scouse tit said on Sky. He was fouled ! FULL STOP !
    Anyone impeding a keeper in that manner as Boly did should be booked ( At least ) The Ref is a disgrace ! Never in a million years was that a goal or Dubravka’s fault. Get your shit right for a change ! He is a world class keeper. The best we have !
    Slating him like that is pathetic ! You try catch a 100 mph ball when someone is covering your eyes and pulling your head back.

  • BeeGuy

    Feb 12, 2019 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #6

    This game looked like there was an attempt to fix the outcome or the ref just did not care about either “Not Top 6” clubs. Before the goal there was the wrestling match in the corner that should have been dealt with ( and BTW, should not someone been covering as assistance to new guy Almiron?). There were numerous fouls that were ignored ( who cares if “Not Top 6” players get injured?).
    Some players must be credited for willing to do anything to win. Bony is one. That was no risk move to plow into Dub and cover his eyes. If he had not, it was game over for Wolves. Wayne Rooney was always willing to pull someone down or back if the ref was not watching. Cabaye and Barton were not above that either.

  • toonluvva

    Feb 12, 2019 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #7

    If we had VAR this season I wonder if the goal would have been allowed to stand.


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